More Accurately

Apollos was an eloquent, educated, and passionate Jewish man from Egypt. He heard about Jesus and devoted his life to telling others that Jesus was the Messiah. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preach, they recognized his gift but saw his limitations, so they took him aside and taught him more of the Gospel story. After his training, he became even better at showing how the Old Testament proved Jesus was Messiah.

Praise the Lord for passionate preachers and for those behind the scenes who taught them the truths of the faith.

(18/28)

If

This verse was not written to spur you on to more consistent Bible reading.

This verse commends those who are willing to prove it disprove the message about Jesus using the Scriptures. In this case, the Jews in Berea searched the Old Testament to determine whether Jesus was their Messiah it not. Through their level headed daily search, they found Paul’s story true!

Are you are truth seeker? You can find God’s truth in the Bible.

(17/28)

Believe

Paul and Silas hit the road to visit the churches Paul had planted to share with them the decision of the Jerusalem council. While in Philippi, they were harassed by a girl with an evil spirit. After enduring the harassment for a few days, Paul finally cast the demon out. Unfortunately, a couple of thugs owned this girl and made money off her fortune telling ability. They became angry and Paul and Silas ended up in jail with severe wounds.

That night, Paul and Silas sang hymns and prayed. God answered with a chain-shattering earthquake which allowed Paul to witness to the jailer.

Had the Lord ever opened a witnessing opportunity like this in your life?

(16/28)

Unbearable

At a vital moment in history, Peter stood up in the Jerusalem council and reminded the Jewish leaders that neither their ancestors not they had been able to perfectly keep the law of Moses. Thus, it did not make sense to require Gentile converts to keep the law and be circumcised in order to be saved. Instead, Peter showed how salvation came through the grace of God.

James would then give four practical ways for Christians to live in the good of this grace.

Are you ever tempted to hold the Christians around you to a standard higher than that found in scripture?

(15/28)

Go Through

A crowd of Gentiles in Lystra, led by the priest of Zeus, tried worshipping Paul and Barnabas after Paul, by the power of God’s Spirit, healed a lame man. Paul turned their attention to the one true living God.

Moments later, unbelieving Jews got the crowd to turn against Paul, even to the point of throwing him out of the city and stoning him. Miraculous, the Lord allowed Paul to survive and continue his ministry.

As he revisited a few of the churches he had just planned, he gave them the message above. Essentially, don’t let hardship bring you down.

If you are in the midst of the battle today, don’t give up! The suffering can’t be compared with the glory to come (see Romans 8).

(14/28)

Almost The Whole Town

In the power of the Holy Spirit and with the blessing of the church in Antioch, Paul and Barnabas preached to the Jews in Pisidian Antioch. The following week almost everyone in the town, Jews and Gentiles, showed up to hear them speak!

Do you think the message of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection can still draw a crowd?

(13/28)

Flourished

Herod killed James and arrested Peter. An angel brought Peter out of prison while the disciples prayed. The people of Tyre and Sidon worshipped Herod as if he were a god. An angel struck Herod down for receiving the worship. And the word of God flourished and multiplied.

God will preserve his word. Sometimes he preserves his people and sometimes he eliminates wicked rulers. Flowers come and go but the word of the Lord endures forever.

Don’t be found in opposition to his word.

(12/28)

Repentance

When Peter’s Jewish friends heard that he had spent time with some Gentiles, they criticized him. He explains how God had prepared him for the interaction and how the Holy Spirit had come upon the Gentiles. They became silent and then let God have his rightful glory by recognizing his ability to save those outside the Jewish family.

God did not change when he opened the door for repentance and Faith to the Gentiles. He always planned for the Jewish people to shine his light to the Nations and draw them in.

Jesus came to call sinners to repentance.

If you are a sinner, there is hope for you!

(11/28)

Acceptable

Peter, a devout adherent to Jewish law, wouldn’t be caught dead in the home of a Gentile. That is until God told him not to call impure what he had made clean. So, overcoming cultural boundaries, Peter went to Cornelius’ house and witnessed the coming of the Holy Spirit to the Gentiles.

Is there anyone you refuse to associate with because of their cultural background, skin color, economic status? If you hear God telling you to go to them, go.

Cornelius was a God-fearing man who prayed regularly and have generously. He only lacked knowledge of Jesus Christ. Peter didn’t force down the door and make Cornelius believe, he just brought the message of the true Messiah to a searching man.

(10/28)

Grow Stronger

At Saul’s conversion, he was struck blind. For the next three days he didn’t eat or drink anything. After his sight was restored, he ate food and regained strength and began proclaiming Jesus as the Son of God.

A little time later, we find him growing in strength and in his ability to prove that Jesus was the Messiah.

Sometimes Good has to bring us low before building is up again. If you are in a low spot, don’t lose hope. God can give you new strength to help you serve him.

(9/28)